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Old 19-04-10, 09:12 AM
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OC3D Review: Corsair V128 Nova SSD

SSD's are still high on many peoples wish lists, so VB takes a look at the new Corsair varient.

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Old 19-04-10, 09:41 AM
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I want one! Does it really make that much of a difference going from a normal HDD to an SSD?
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Old 19-04-10, 09:47 AM
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Imagine going from 512MB of RAM on Windows 7 to 4GB.
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Old 19-04-10, 10:41 AM
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I want one! Does it really make that much of a difference going from a normal HDD to an SSD?
Not for the outlay. At still over £2 a gig, for the home user I'd still not recommend them.

At such a low capacity, u would probably end up using ur old drive as a means to store stuff, leaving mainly the OS, and ur malware etc on the SSD.

For definite, if the cash is available and u don't use much harddrive space, they're great. But apparently having the cash to buy a pc component is not meant to be the way to look at it, ur meant to look at them value for money. Bang for buck. Speed for sure - capacity (the bread and butter of drives) a definite no. Some people will buy these then complain about the prices of other things, e.g.

I use them in many pc/mac setups now and tbh, if ur OS is installed and maintained efficiently, there are just as viable alternatives, leaving u to spend ur cash on more important components.
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Old 19-04-10, 11:22 AM
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I personally see an SSD as an important part of a high spec system now. mechanicals just dont cut it once you have used a decent SSD. Even short stroked drives you can still notice a difference tbh.
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Old 19-04-10, 11:45 AM
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What I would like to see as a test is if you keep your OS/System on a hdd, and put the games installed on the ssd, would that make much of a difference?
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Old 19-04-10, 01:13 PM
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Probably not a massive amount, but if you had the swap file on the SSD and not enough physical ram for the game to function inside it could improve performance a fair bit.
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Old 19-04-10, 02:09 PM
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The results look very impressive for a Corsair SSD.
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Old 19-04-10, 02:11 PM
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Results aside, I had decent Corsair's supplied to me - well insisted actually - as I've not come across a more helpful support in a long time. And the controllers the SSDs use ofc.
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Old 20-04-10, 11:08 AM
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What I would like to see as a test is if you keep your OS/System on a hdd, and put the games installed on the ssd, would that make much of a difference?
I've actually done a few tests with the SSD as 'games data drive' and the OS on a HDD.

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With the OS and game installed on a P128, a level in Crysis loaded in 18s, compared to 22s with the OS on a 7200.11 and the game installed on the P128. Game and OS on the 7200.11 was 40s.

So there's still a hefty benefit, but really you get the most from an SSD when you use it as an OS and game data drive (for gamers).
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